It took 3 months to build the first version in 2008, and an additional 2 weeks for an updated version in 2009. All of it is completely hand-made out of craft foam, foamboard, vinyl, and polystyrene plastic sheeting. The most difficult part was designing for comfort and mobility. I could be in it for hours and hours and not have to worry about keeling over from exhaustion. It’s really very lightweight.
I started cosplaying because I love being able to create things with my own hands and actually wear them. Once the entire costume is complete, from the beginning down to the very detail of the character one portrays, it truly is one of the best feelings of accomplishment one can have. Furthermore, being able to attend conventions and meet new people, see new things, and be surrounded by other creative individuals. Those are some of the main reasons why I started cosplaying.